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Darlene BeckMay 13, 1927 ~ April 24, 2017 (age 89)
Darlene Beck, 89, of Roseau, MN, formerly of Warren, MN, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at LifeCare Roseau Manor in Roseau.
Darlene Ruth Smiley was born May 13, 1927, to R.D. and Josie Smiley in Barnesville, MN. She graduated from Barnesville High School and from there went to White Bear Lake, MN to work for the telephone company. When she transferred to Fargo, ND she met Ernie Beck who was planning to move to Alaska but married Darlene instead on July 2, 1948. While raising their six children, she worked side-by-side with Ernie at their dairy farm. When Ernie began his bowling business career, she was right by his side from Hawley, to Grand Forks, to Warren where they settled in 1970. During those busy years, she also worked as an in-home babysitter and home health care aide. She then began her many years as a lunchroom lady at the Warren Elementary School serving up vegetables and laughing with her coworkers. After raising their six children, they also opened their home to foster children.
Ernie and Darlene enjoyed camping in their motor home, most often at a lake so she could enjoy her love of swimming. This love also evolved into her help in starting the Sr. Citizen Swim group in Warren. She enjoyed quilting, being sure that every grandchild got a very special denim quilt when they graduated. Her quilting at Our Saviors church was a wonderful time of friendship and fellowship. She loved jigsaw puzzles, golf cart adventures, chocolate ice cream, and bingo during her years at Roseau Manor. In her last years, she was happy in each moment, despite her memory loss. She entered into her eternal life on April 24, 2017, at the Roseau Manor where she had lived the past three years.
Darlene's pride and joy throughout her entire life was her loving marriage, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie; son, Stan; granddaughter, Manijha Mostofi; son-in-law, Lowell Westberg; and brothers, Robert Smiley and David Smiley.
She is survived by her loving family, including her children: James (Janet) Beck of Casa Grande, AZ; Mike (Holly) Beck of Bismarck, ND; Donald (Deb) Beck of Grand Forks, ND; Ginny (Dave Kujava) Westberg of Warren, MN; Janice (Nima) Mostofi, of Roseau, MN. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jerrod Kostad; Lynn (Allen) Overturf; Austen (Kim) Beck; Megan (Dan) Otto; Joshua (Heather) Beck and their children Ethan, Brynn, Connor; Jennifer (Jeremy) Lizakowski; Murry (Amie) Westberg and their children Kaylie, Miley, and Kaia; Marshall (Daria) Westberg and their children Ian, Bella, Charlie, Calvin; Mallory (Jake) Craik and their children John and Wilson; Paul (Amanda) Beck; Nichole (Steph) Hamelbeck; Keon (Kyra Harty) Mostofi; and Setareh (Mitch) Campion.
She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Gilman (Betty) Beck of Northwood, ND; sister-in-law, Shirley Beck of Mayville, ND; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service: 2:30 PM on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Warren, MN.
Visitation: One hour before services.
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, MN